WWW Wednesday | 9/28/22

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam over on Taking on a World of Words.

The idea is pretty simple, every week you dedicate a post to the three W’s:

What are you currently reading?

What have you just finished reading?

What are you going to read next?

If it’s not my daughter, it’s my son! He stayed home with a sore throat and slight temperature on Monday so…I feel like I’m trying my best this month but germs and viruses have me beat. They are just too powerful. Sigh…let’s hope this doesn’t go into Fall Break which is next week.
What are you currently reading?
What have you just finished reading?
What are you going to read next?

It’s going to be one of these, just depending on my mood.

What are you reading right now?

Happy Reading!!

Weekly Wrap Up | 9/25/22

Aloha friends!

Well, brought my kids last week to urgent care just to make sure their cough wasn’t anything worst. Dr said their lungs sounded clear and it’s just a cold…well, they went to school on Monday, and my daughter came back home with a 102 fever. SIGH…she’s been sick all of September! So I brought her back to urgent care because I couldn’t for the life of me get through to her pediatrician’s office. Urgent care was so busy with kids that sounded like her 🤦🏻‍♀️ – this time we got another doctor and I told him, she’s been having a fever once a week so he said okay let’s test her for covid (tested her all month and she’s been negative each time), test her for flu and test her for a UTI. She was positive for FLU so she missed another 4 days of school totaling 12 missed days of school already in only the first 2 months of school. 😅

My son is over his cold thank goodness. I’m praying for a better, healthier, no illnesses for the rest of the year. 🙏🏼

Anyway – this whole month stressed me out seeing my kids sick so I feel so much tension in my upper back. It was hurting me all week until I forced myself to stretch it out. I need a massage!

Anyway, I hope you all had a good week!

Blog Posts:

Books I Read:


Currently Reading:

Shows/Movies I Watched:

  • House of Dragons (HboMax) – the drama continues

Games I Played:

  • My Singing Monsters
  • Cooking Dash – still grinding!
  • Splatoon 3 – I’m obsessed but had to pause a bit because my hands hurt lol

Music I Listened To:

BLACKPINK – finally got a chance to listen to their new album on repeat. I don’t know why but Happiest Girl makes me want to cry. That one is on repeat maybe because I had a hard month lol. Also this song always reminds of that moment in a book…for example a contemporary YA romance where the girl is at her lowest, maybe the guy breaks her heart, etc…and this is the moment she has to stop crying and show her face to the world. You know what I’m talking about lol…that moment in a teen movie where it’s prom and the girl shows up alone or whatever LOL…this song needs to play at that exact moment.

How was your week? Did you get a lot done? Watch anything good? Read any amazing books or books you didn’t finish? What are you reading?…Leave me a comment below!

WWW Wednesday | 9/21/22

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam over on Taking on a World of Words.

The idea is pretty simple, every week you dedicate a post to the three W’s:

What are you currently reading?

What have you just finished reading?

What are you going to read next?

Well my daughter has the flu and I’m trying my best not to catch it myself but I’ve been around here so much the past few days it’s hard not to catch their illnesses. I’m tired but hopefully my immune system is working hard to fight it off! Here’s what I’ve been reading…

What are you currently reading?
What have you just finished reading?
What are you going to read next?

It’s going to be one of these, just depending on my mood.

What are you reading right now?

Happy Reading!!

Weekly Wrap Up | 9/18/22

Aloha friends!

My kids were sick most of the week so…I was Nurse mom basically. There was lots of tissues, snot and coughing. 😩 I did get to read some books while I was caring for the kids at least.

We finally got the day of when my husband has to be in Okinawa, Japan for work. Dunno if I mentioned it here, but he applied to a few jobs (he works for the federal government)…because he needed something new. He’s been at his position for the past 10 or 11 years? And he needed just something new and applied to many other jobs here but wasn’t getting offers. He applied to 2 contracts in job contracts in Japan and got both, but chose to go with the one in Okinawa. He has to be there by December 9th SO…it’s going to be a count down starting November. We have our postponed East Coast trip to visit his family mid November, for 2 weeks, then we come back to Hawaii, he does his final packing and will be gone.

I decided not to uproot our life here because we have a house, our dog, kids who just started the school year and it would have been really short notice to move overseas…plus it’s only a 2 year contract. Our plan is just to keep the family chugging along, with daddy long distance and we are already trying to plan a visit or a few visits if we can budget it out. And since I have to go to Okinawa, this will be my time to explore Japan! I’m excited, and somewhat stressed out too that I’ll be living the single-parenting life for a little while, but yeah…it will go by fast. At least I hope it will. Just gotta hold down the fort – as usual lol.

Hope you all had a good week!

Blog Posts:

Books I Read:


Currently Reading:

Shows/Movies I Watched:

  • House of Dragons (HboMax) – the drama continues

Games I Played:

  • My Singing Monsters
  • Cooking Dash – still grinding!
  • Just Dance – for exercise
  • Splatoon 3 – I love it, but still hate the communication errors and I’ve been having way more of these than when I used to play Splatoon 2. So is it because they need to fix some things on it? Not sure but I still try and play it. But if I get too many connection errors, I stop.

How was your week? Did you get a lot done? Watch anything good? Read any amazing books or books you didn’t finish? What are you reading?…Leave me a comment below!

Book Haul | 9/16/22

Another month, another book haul! Have you gotten a lot of good books lately?

NETGALLEY::

Outsiders are always given a choice: the Forest or the lake. Either way, they’re never heard from again.

Leelo has spent her entire life on Endla, coexisting with the bloodthirsty Forest and respecting the poisonous lake that protects her island from outsiders who seek to destroy it. But as much as Leelo cares for her community, she struggles to accept that her younger brother will be exiled by his next birthday, unless he gains the magic of enchanted song so vital to Endla.

When Leelo sees a young outsider on the verge of drowning in the lake, she knows exactly what she’s supposed to do. But in a moment that will change everything, Leelo betrays her family, her best friend, and Endla by making an unthinkable choice.

Discovery could lead to devastating consequences for both Leelo and the outsider, Jaren, but as they grow closer, Leelo realizes that not all danger comes from beyond the lake—and they can only survive if Leelo is willing to question the very fabric of her society, her people, and herself.


A haunting fantasy following Toma, adopted daughter of the benevolent undead, making her way across a civil war-torn continent to save her younger sister as she discovers she might possess magical powers herself.

The Kosa empire roils in tension, on the verge of being torn apart by a proletarian revolution between magic-endowed elites and the superstitious lower class, but seventeen-year-old Toma lives blissfully disconnected from the conflict in the empire with her adoptive family of benevolent undead.

When she meets Vanya, a charming commoner branded as a witch by his own neighbors, and the dethroned Tsar Mikhail himself, the unlikely trio bonds over trying to restore Mikhail’s magic and protect the empire from the revolutionary leader, Koschei, whose forces have stolen the castle. Vanya has his magic, and Mikhail has his title, but if Toma can’t dig deep and find her power in time, all of their lives will be at Koschei’s mercy.


 

When two young rival journalists find love through a magical connection, they must face the depths of hell, in a war among gods, to seal their fate forever.

After centuries of sleep, the gods are warring again. But eighteen-year-old Iris Winnow just wants to hold her family together. Her mother is suffering from addiction and her brother is missing from the front lines. Her best bet is to win the columnist promotion at the Oath Gazette.

To combat her worries, Iris writes letters to her brother and slips them beneath her wardrobe door, where they vanish―into the hands of Roman Kitt, her cold and handsome rival at the paper. When he anonymously writes Iris back, the two of them forge a connection that will follow Iris all the way to the front lines of battle: for her brother, the fate of mankind, and love.

Shadow and Bone meets Lore in this epic enemies-to-lovers fantasy novel filled with hope and heartbreak, and the unparalleled power of love.


As usual, Andie Rose has a plan: Transfer from community college to the hyper competitive Blue Ridge State, major in psychology, and maintain her lifelong goal of becoming an iconic self-help figure despite the nerves that have recently thrown her for a loop. All it will take is ruthless organization, hard work, and her trademark unrelenting enthusiasm to pull it all together.

But the moment Andie arrives, the rest of her plans go off the rails. Her rocky relationship with her boyfriend Connor only gets more complicated when she discovers he transferred out of Blue Ridge to her community college. Her roommate Shay needs a major, and despite Andie’s impressive track record of being The Fixer, she’s stumped on how to help. And Milo, her coffee-guzzling grump of an R.A. with seafoam green eyes, is somehow disrupting all her ideas about love and relationships one sleep-deprived wisecrack at a time.

But sometimes, when all your plans are in rubble at your feet, you find out what you’re made of. And when Andie starts to find the power of her voice as the anonymous Squire on the school’s legendary pirate radio station–the same one her mom founded, years before she passed away–Andie learns that not all the best laid plans are necessarily the right ones.

Filled with a friend group that feels like family, an empowering journey of finding your own way, and a Just Kiss Already! romance, Begin Again is an unforgettable novel of love and starting again.


A pure pleasure of a novel set in Georgian London, where the discovery of a mysterious ancient Greek vase sets in motion conspiracies, revelations and romance.

Perfect for readers who loved The Binding and The Essex Serpent.

London, 1799. Dora Blake is an aspiring jewellery artist who lives with her uncle in what used to be her parents’ famed shop of antiquities. When a mysterious Greek vase is delivered, Dora is intrigued by her uncle’s suspicious behaviour and enlists the help of Edward Lawrence, a young antiquarian scholar. Edward sees the ancient vase as key to unlocking his academic future. Dora sees it as a chance to restore the shop to its former glory, and to escape her nefarious uncle.

But what Edward discovers about the vase has Dora questioning everything she has believed about her life, her family, and the world as she knows it. As Dora uncovers the truth she starts to realise that some mysteries are buried, and some doors are locked, for a reason.

Gorgeously atmospheric and deliciously page-turning, Pandora is a story of secrets and deception, love and fulfilment, fate and hope.

KINDLE UNLIMITED: 0

KINDLE Bought E-Books:

Avery’s fortune, life, and loves are on the line in the game that everyone will be talking about.

To inherit billions, all Avery Kylie Grambs has to do is survive a few more weeks living in Hawthorne House. The paparazzi are dogging her every step. Financial pressures are building. Danger is a fact of life. And the only thing getting Avery through it all is the Hawthorne brothers. Her life is intertwined with theirs. She knows their secrets, and they know her.

But as the clock ticks down to the moment when Avery will become the richest teenager on the planet, trouble arrives in the form of a visitor who needs her help—and whose presence in Hawthorne House could change everything. It soon becomes clear that there is one last puzzle to solve, and Avery and the Hawthorne brothers are drawn into a dangerous game against an unknown and powerful player.

Secrets upon secrets. Riddles upon riddles. In this game, there are hearts and lives at stake—and there is nothing more Hawthorne than winning.

ONLINE LIBRARY::

From Ryan La Sala, the wildly popular author of Reverie, comes a twisted and tantalizing horror novel set amidst the bucolic splendor of a secluded summer retreat.

Mars has always been the lesser twin, the shadow to his sister Caroline’s radiance. But when Caroline dies under horrific circumstances, Mars is propelled to learn all he can about his once-inseparable sister who’d grown tragically distant.

Mars’s genderfluidity means he’s often excluded from the traditions — and expectations — of his politically-connected family. This includes attendance at the prestigious Aspen Conservancy Summer Academy where his sister poured so much of her time. But with his grief still fresh, he insists on attending in her place.

What Mars finds is a bucolic fairytale not meant for him. Folksy charm and sun-drenched festivities camouflage old-fashioned gender roles and a toxic preparatory rigor. Mars seeks out his sister’s old friends: a group of girls dubbed the Honeys, named for the beehives they maintain behind their cabin. They are beautiful and terrifying — and Mars is certain they’re connected to Caroline’s death.

But the longer he stays at Aspen, the more the sweet mountain breezes give way to hints of decay. Mars’s memories begin to falter, bleached beneath the relentless summer sun. Something is hunting him in broad daylight, toying with his mind. If Mars can’t find it soon, it will eat him alive.

PHYSICAL LIBRARY BOOKS: 0

PHYSICAL BOOKS I BOUGHT:

waiting for a shipment from Book Outlet!

What is the first book you will read from your latest book haul?

WWW Wednesday | 9/14/22

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam over on Taking on a World of Words.

The idea is pretty simple, every week you dedicate a post to the three W’s:

What are you currently reading?

What have you just finished reading?

What are you going to read next?

My kiddos started off the week sick with a cold so they’ve been home with me. At least I got some reading done in between being Nurse Mom. 😅 I even treated myself to a new release – The Ballad of Never After!

What are you currently reading?
What have you just finished reading?
What are you going to read next?

If I can figure out how to resend this to my NetGalley app! 🤔 It’s not showing up for some reason.

What are you reading right now?

Happy Reading!!

Weekly Wrap Up | 9/11/22

Aloha friends!

I actually had time to read this week, yay! It was still a long week – my sprinklers by the sidewalk is finally fixed, the tree roots damaged the pipe there. Boo! But I’m just glad it’s fixed. It was a short school week but for some reason felt long to me. Then I had to run around on Saturday with an orthodontist appointment for me son and a pool party for my daughter’s classmate. They were both supposed to have Sunday school today but my daughter is running a low grade fever since we got caught in the rain at the pool party. We were wet…which was fine since we were in the pool, but the cold because the sun was setting by then…so not good. We both got chilled but she’s the one with the fever today. My son woke up with allergies that are making him sniffle and cough (he kind of still has a lingering cough from having covid last month). So yes…sick kids again! lol…it never seems to end. Hope all of you are staying healthy!

Hope you all had a good week!

Blog Posts:

Books I Read:


Currently Reading:

Shows/Movies I Watched:

  • House of Dragons (Hbo/Max) – the drama continues!

Games I Played:

  • My Singing Monsters
  • Cooking Dash – still grinding!
  • Mario Kart (Nintendo Switch) – played with my son
  • Katamari Damacy Reroll (Nintendo Switch) – played with my son and daughter

I really want to play Splatoon 3 though! Hopefully I can get it soon.

How was your week? Did you get a lot done? Watch anything good? Read any amazing books or books you didn’t finish? What are you reading?…Leave me a comment below!

WWW Wednesday | 9/7/22

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam over on Taking on a World of Words.

The idea is pretty simple, every week you dedicate a post to the three W’s:

What are you currently reading?

What have you just finished reading?

What are you going to read next?

I did not get a lot of reading done at all this past week, even though it was a holiday weekend! My daughter had a cold, and I had just so many things to do. My broken sprinkler pipe needed fixing so I had to deal with that – so yeah…too busy and too tired to read lately. Hopefully I can get back into the groove this weekend.

What are you currently reading?
What have you just finished reading?
What are you going to read next?

I got this one through my online library and heard good things about it! Hopefully I can actually get to read it though.🤞🏽

What are you reading right now?

Happy Reading!!

Weekly Wrap Up | 9/4/22

Aloha friends!

Here we are in September and things are just nonstop busy…STILL. I had dinner with friends yesterday which was fun, but also my daughter has a cold? I’ve been testing her for covid and it’s negative even though her cough sounds just like her brother did when he had covid. So I guess she has a cold with lots of coughing. Trying to get her better so she can go to school on Tuesday, because she loves school. Other than that, I didn’t have a chance to read much.

Hope you all had a good week!

Blog Posts:

Books I Read:


Currently Reading:

Shows/Movies I Watched:

  • House of Dragons (Hbo/Max) – the drama continues!
  • Partner Track (Netflix) – lawyer drama – I was getting so mad at Ingrid though! I love her besties Tyler and Rachel – their storylines were so good. It had a great ending though and can’t wait to watch season 2! I could never be a lawyer – too much stress!
  • Lord of the Rings – The Rings of Power (Amazon) – cinematography is gorgeous!

I’m loving all these fantasy shows out right now! House of Dragons is dark as heck…and The Rings of Power is more light than dark to me…so I love that I get both to keep me entertained.

Games I Played:

  • My Singing Monsters
  • Cooking Dash – still grinding!

How was your week? Did you get a lot done? Watch anything good? Read any amazing books or books you didn’t finish? What are you reading?…Leave me a comment below!

WWW Wednesday | 8/31/22

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam over on Taking on a World of Words.

The idea is pretty simple, every week you dedicate a post to the three W’s:

What are you currently reading?

What have you just finished reading?

What are you going to read next?

How are we on the last day of August? Like seriously where did the month go. 😫 I say that every month probably lol but this month went crazy fast!

What are you currently reading?
What have you just finished reading?
What are you going to read next?

I’ve been saying this for the past 2 weeks so I do hope I pick it up this week! lol

There are so many new releases, I don’t know which book to read really and so many arcs to get through. So maybe I should work on my arcs.

What are you reading right now?

Happy Reading!!